Rockies rock Cubs, snap three-game losing streak

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2005

CHICAGO — Jason Jennings pitched seven strong innings, and Preston Wilson and Todd Greene hit solo homers as the Colorado Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Jennings (2-6), who entered with a 7.05 ERA, allowed one run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two.

Wilson added a run-scoring single, and Desi Relaford, filling in at second base for the injured Aaron Miles, went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Clint Barmes also singled in a run as the Rockies posted just their fourth road win in 24 games away from home.

Chicago starter Carlos Zambrano (3-3) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Pirates 8, Reds 4

CINCINNATI — Oliver Perez continued his success against the Reds and got plenty of support from a balanced offense, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-4 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.

Daryle Ward and Matt Lawton hit home runs and Rob Mackowiak drove in three runs as the Pirates won for the seventh time in their last 10 games in Cincinnati and snapped the Reds' three-game winning streak. Eight of Pittsburgh's nine starters had at least one hit apiece by the sixth inning, including two by Perez.

Perez (3-4) has posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season, and he is 5-0 in seven starts against the Reds dating to last season. He allowed three hits and two runs with five walks and eight strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.

Mets 12, Marlins 4

MIAMI — Kris Benson won his third straight start, Jose Reyes hit two triples, and New York routed Florida after being shut out in the last two games of their series in Atlanta.

Benson (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings and struck out four. Heath Bell followed and struck out five in two scoreless innings.

Padres 10, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX — Jake Peavy pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout, and San Diego handed Brandon Webb his first loss of the season.

Dave Roberts matched career highs with four hits and four RBIs, and Brian Giles and Ryan Klesko homered off Webb (6-1). He gave up a season-high six runs — three earned — and allowed nine hits and three walks in 6 2-3 innings, striking out six.

The 24-year-old Peavy (5-0) struck out two, walked none, and needed only 94 pitches (65 strikes) in his first career complete game.

Dodgers 6, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinch-hitter Ricky Ledee had a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning and Antonio Perez hit a two-run homer among his career-high four hits and drove in three runs for Los Angeles.

Eric Gagne converted his first save opportunity of the season, but he allowed consecutive doubles to Michael Tucker and Omar Vizquel. The right-hander hadn't saved a game since Sept. 26 against the Giants in San Francisco. Gagne spent the first 35 games this year on the disabled list with a sprained ligament in his right elbow and had made only four appearances.

Yhency Brazoban (2-0) recorded two outs and got the win despite allowing Edgardo Alfonzo's tying two-run single in the eighth.

Jason Christiansen (2-1) walked J.D. Drew to start the inning, then gave way to Tyler Walker. He allowed a single to Perez followed by a 3-2 walk to Paul Bako before Ledee's go-ahead hit.

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